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A deer accident in Mission Township lead to a drug arrest by the LaSalle County Sheriff's Department.
The accident occurred just after 7pm last night on N. 41st road when two vehicles collided after one slammed on the breaks to avoid hitting a deer.
20-year-old Jordan Murley of Sheridan was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving too fast for conditions as a result of the collision.
Murley was also arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was given a notice to appear and released on the scene.
>>Bitter Cold Morning Across Illinois
(Undated) -- Dangerous cold temperatures are gripping most of Illinois this morning and snow could soon be on the way. A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 8:00 this morning as the wind makes it feel like it's 25-degrees below zero in some spots. The National Weather Service isn't advising anyone to be outside, but with people needing to get to work or school they advise that people cover their entire body in multiple layers. Central Illinois can expect some snow to make matter worse this weekend, but temperatures are expected to rebound just a bit.
>>Attorneys Say Threat Against State Rep Was Free Speech
(DuPage County, IL) -- Attorneys for a man facing charges for threatening a state rep say that the message he left constitutes free speech. Upset with the Jeanne Ives' stance against gay marriage, 50-year-old Stephen Bona allegedly left a message on her office answering machine.
Would you want to live next to a flea market? That was the topic of discussion at the last night's Bureau County Board meeting.
A group of men presented their plan to create what they described as a "flea market/mini-mall" crossover off Wyanet-Walnut Rd. in Bradford Township.
The building would be a hardtop, 10-12 section marketplace where vendors could lease out space to sell their goods and services. The property would also include a restaurant and a front lawn for activities.
>>Many Downstate Schools Closed Due To Ice And Cold
(Undated) -- Dozens of downstate schools remain closed today as the effects of the weekend winter storm and the current arctic temperatures continue to cause problems. Most of Southern Illinois got between six and eight inches of snow with some areas reporting over a foot. Temperatures around the state continue to hover near or even below zero and many schools are not able to heat the buildings to safe temperatures for kids and teachers.
>>S&P Upgrades Illinois Outlook
(Chicago, IL) -- Illinois' credit outlook is getting a little bit better in response to the new pension reform law. Standard & Poor's has improved its outlook on Illinois' bonds from "negative" to "developing." Credit analyst Robin Prunty says the change could lead to a sustainable path to fiscal stability in Illinois. It's the first positive movement for Illinois bonds in years.
>>Schock Leads Congressional Delegation To Mandela's Memorial
(Johannesburg, South Africa) -- A Peoria-area congressman is among those mourning the death of Nelson Mandela in South Africa this morning. Aaron Schock led a congressional delegation to honor the former South African president. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived aboard Air Force One late last night, joined on the flight by former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The service started around 3:00 a.m. local time, and Schock says he is "humbled" to lead the group for the tribute.
>>Madigan Sues Human Services Provider For Eight Million
(Springfield, IL) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is going after a Chicago man for misusing more than eight-million dollars of taxpayer money. Human service provider George Smith secured funds through his non-profit organization and allegedly spent the money on sports tickets, bogus consulting fees, and trips to Reno, Nevada.
Bureau County Coroner Janice Whamoff has reported details of a fatal accident that occurred yesterday on I-80.
48-year-old Suzanne McIlvain of Manteno, IL was pronounced dead at the scene after a crash involving a semi-tractor-trailer.
The crash occurred at 1:33PM near mile post 46 ½ when McIlvain was heading eastbound on I-80. She reportedly lost control, entered the median and was struck by an oncoming semi-trailer in the westbound lane.
Illinois State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford will be in Princeton tomorrow.
Rutherford will be joining supporters for a luncheon at Fitzgerald's on Main Street at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10th.
Bureau County Republican Women are hosting the fundraiser and the event is scheduled to run about an hour.
Treasurer Rutherford is running State Senator's Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Businessman Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary for governor.
If you left your house at some point during yesterday's snowfall, you know how rough to the roads could be.
A report from the Illinois Department of Transportation says most of I-80 is at least 75% clear of snow with some parts listed as "all clear".
There are still some dangerous areas in the Illinois Valley. Road's south of Princeton are listed as only 50% clear and south of Ottawa is listed as only 25% bare.
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